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The Chalice and the Blade

Narrated by: Riane Eisler
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

Riane Eisler believes that war and the "war of the sexes" are concepts neither divinely nor biologically ordained. Join the author as she reconstructs a prehistoric culture based on partnership rather than domination and traces the roots of the global shift to patriarchy. Eisler, an acclaimed scholar, futurist, and activist, also presents new scripts for living based on a more socially, economically, ecologically, personally, and spiritually balanced society. This script is in direct opposition to the tension and violence typical of what she calls the dominator model. Her vision is the partnership model, which today is struggling to reemerge. This program is an important contribution to that struggle.
©1987 Riane Eisler (P)1997 New World Library

Critic reviews

"The most important book since Darwin's Origin of Species." (Ashley Montagu)
"Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. [this] is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us." (Isabel Allende)

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awful sound.

I really enjoyed the book but the recording quality is terrible. it sounds like someone sat at the other end of a room with a cassette recorder with a built in mic

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A must read particularly for all men.

You need to read this if you wonder where it all went wrong. The work is a brilliant synthesis of the history of mankind.

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  • Anne
  • 25-07-08

the chalice and the blade

the quality of this recording is poor and this reduces the ease of the material

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  • A better world
  • 23-07-09

Content 5, Audio quality 2

I read this book a long time ago. I loved the book, but I wanted to listen to the author read it.
The audio quality was terrible and made it difficult to listen to in a sustained way. If they cleaned it up, I would listen again. It's sad, because the content is very exciting as is her writing.

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  • Carolyn
  • 22-07-07

Fascinating information

I found the information in this book very compelling and the author's reading was fine, but the audio quality made listening a bit of a chore. I found I had to focus my listening, which was fine for me, listening in the quiet of my own home, but which might be a problem if a more "active" kind of listening is planned. Great information, though, and I'm anxious to read more from this author. A wonderful book.

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  • Sayres
  • 04-04-18

Audio is BAD!

What disappointed you about The Chalice and the Blade?

The audio. It was really bad, like extremely bad, I want my money back bad. I have good a good headset, I cant even hear the words they are so slurred with low quality audio. I tried my really good speakers, same thing. I literally cannot understand this narrator at all, and thats not their fault.

Shame on you Audible, usually you do great things but this is unacceptable.

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The audio was so bad I couldnt review the book as a whole because I couldnt even understand it. DO NOT waste your money on this. I will be getting mine back.

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  • Geri
  • 27-08-12

Mind Opening and Insightful

What would have made The Chalice and the Blade better?

The sound quality was poor so if this was improved the book would be better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The role of women in society and within the family over the ages is the main focus of the book and it was very interesting to understand how things have changed.

What does Riane Eisler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Riane showed her passion about the subject as as always, I love to listen to books narrated by the author so that I can hear their passion in their voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book made me happy and I had a sort of knowing that everything that Riane described was true. It makes so much sense, and the message is powerful.

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This book is important and I highly recommend it. Riane has deeply researched this subject and it is comprehensive. It's message could help change how humans treat each other, and it could teach us to love each other as equals. I love the message.

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  • Katherine Bauer
  • 26-02-16

Why not whole book?

Why does this thing only offer the abridged ?

But of course it was amazing in any amoun

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  • Kathleen Adams Olsen
  • 14-09-20

Meaning and still current

Riane Eisler cuts right through, offering a concise review of how we as humans have arrived at our current crossroads and how we have a choice to move forward through partnership or the path of the blade toward our own destruction. I gave the performance a 4 due to the poor recording which I would suggest putting out anew as all the information is still valuable.

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  • Michelle Courtney Berry
  • 03-07-20

Life Changing

This book helps re-examine our past to understand how we can have a better future. It is brilliant and accessible.

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  • Dia
  • 24-05-20

terrible audio

its unclear and hard to listen to. the book is great, but the audio is really bad. please redo it! the book deserves better.

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  • Megan
  • 09-04-20

Must read!

Wow. There's so much to process in here. I had to take notes in several places and I really look forward to continue opening my knowledge and understanding of these ideas she has put forth. This book is a well constructed, succinctly laid out discussion on the most basic premise that has clouded modern thinking's vision of reality. I will definitely be rereading this myself and sharing with others for deeper discussions.